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We can handle it

Idealism paints the picture of a benevolent universe. It tells us that there is nothing to worry about and that everything will be okay. For idealism, the basis for hope lies in the goodness of the world.

Optimism paints the picture of man as a self-determined entity. It tells us that there are plenty of things wrong with the world, but that we have the power to respond to all situations with creativity and intelligence. For optimism, the basis for hope lies in the resilience of the human spirit.

I am not an idealist. I am an optimist.

That means I believe the following things:

Sometimes life stinks. Sometimes things are difficult. Sometimes we don’t get our way. Sometimes we suffer pain. Sometimes we lose. Sometimes we have bad days. Sometimes the world appears unfair.

Nevertheless, we can handle it. We can handle it, not because our problems are too small to threaten us, but because our capacity to adapt, evolve, and create is too great to be denied.

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  1. “We can handle it, not because our problems are too small to threaten us, but because our capacity to adapt, evolve, and create is too great to be denied.”

    Yes, we can. Even when we think we can’t.

  2. This goes so well with your other posts. T.K.
    Especially “Mistakes are not immoral” and
    “From guiltless to great.”

    I was attracted to the original title of your
    blog Tough Minded Optimism because it does
    take tough mindedness to maintain optimism.
    That is an apt phrase!

    I’ve always thought of optimism in it’s earlier
    tradition as the ultimate triumph of good over
    evil.

    “Disappointments should be cremated, not
    embalmed.”

  3. Beautiful TK! Well said. I needed to hear that this morning. I just moved and everything is a mess, can’t find anything but I know it will all work out. Your words gave me the strength I needed. Can’t wait to have you and your wife over. Love my new place. It’s so quiet and peaceful. Great energy here! Nancy XO

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